May 3rd, 2016 is Give STL Day, a 24-hour giving event that helps make a difference at St. Louis nonprofit organizations. Organized by The St. Louis Community Foundation, Give STL Day is your chance to reach out and support local nonprofits that are making a difference in your community. Today, we ask you to consider making history by supporting Lift For Life Academy.

One of the main values we hold at Lift For Life Academy is acknowledging and encouraging the whole child. While we see educating in a classroom setting as the foundation of this process, we take things a step further by empowering each student with emotional support and unique opportunities before uplifting them into futures of success and community involvement. In this way, we are making history every day, not only in our students’ lives, but also in the communities that they will contribute to in the future.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of our students and staff had to say about leaving their mark in the history books:

Darian J. – 12th Grade


“I admire that Steve Jobs never stopped trying. Even when he was fired from Apple in the 80’s, he still kept working on his computers and was eventually re-hired because of the work that he was doing of his own accord. He was driven by passion. I’m passionate about learning about and developing new technology. Education, healthcare, business… everything in our community is improved by new technology. That’s while I’ll be attending SIUE next year to study Computer Science and Software Engineering.”

Zinyetta M. – 11th Grade


“I want to be a nurse someday. I’m interested in science and medicine, so that’s part of my motivation, but really, I just like helping people. I want to do more than just the job duties of a nurse. I want to be there for people when they need me and leave an impact in their lives. Like Maya Angelou, she was a poet, but she was more than that. She was an activist, an actress, and an inspiration. Her words leap off the page and touch people’s hearts. I can only hope that my work will do the same someday.”

Travis S. – 7th Grade


“I want to go to school to study art. In art class with Ms. Beckman, I realized that not all projects turn out exactly how you want them to look, but sometimes that means they turn out better than you expected. I’m not sure Martin Luther King, Jr. knew what would happen when he started speaking out about civil rights, but his actions started a movement that led to important change in our country. Art can inspire people to do good and help other people. At least, that’s what I want my art to do.”

Patsy M. – 11th Grade


“I’ve always dreamed of a career in architecture or construction. I like the emotion and memories that exist in old buildings and I think it is just as important to preserve these parts of the building’s history as it is to add new repairs and innovations. I think of Van Gogh’s art, because I want to create buildings that are abstractions of what they seem like, like how our school is located in an old bank building. I think the unique environment of the school makes me more excited to learn. I want to create more spaces that inspire excitement and encouragement.”

Please help us continue to make history every day at Lift For Life Academy by supporting our students. A donation of any amount will help provide our students with the resources and materials they need to help make their dreams a reality.

Fill out the form below or CLICK HERE to donate to Lift For Life Academy. Donations can also be made by contacting Kevin Kickham at (314) 231-2337 ext. 225 or

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